CUBE: Leadership and Affiliated Faculty
Executive Director, Paul Gangsei
Deputy Director, Debra Bechtel
Research Director, David Reiss
Innovation Catalyst &
Faculty Advisory Committee Chair, Jonathan Askin
Ted De Barbieri
Faculty Advisory Committee
Paul Gangsei was named Executive Director of Brooklyn Law School’s newly launched Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) as of January 2014.
Over the course of his career, Gangsei has built a reputation representing not-for-profit educational, healthcare, social service and cultural institutions, and public entities in real estate and development transactions. His roster of projects includes developments for MoMA, the South Street Seaport Museum, The New School, the Manhattan School of Music, and numerous healthcare providers.
As the Executive Director of CUBE, Gangsei works to place Brooklyn Law students on the front lines of entrepreneurship. He works with the faculty to develop and refine the Center’s core curriculum, a combination of foundational coursework, in-house clinics, and industry-specific courses and workshops that promote substantive knowledge and skills training for entrepreneurial attorneys. He works with a broad range of academic, community, business and public organizations to raise the profile of CUBE as a home for the next generation of pioneers in business, media, energy, technology, the creative arts, and social enterprise and the lawyers who represent them.
Following graduation from college, Gangsei joined and worked with a start-up not-for-profit organization attracting recent college graduates to public school teaching, first as a junior high school English teacher and then as Executive Assistant to the President, working with foundations and public officials to build the company’s presence in new locations along the East coast. He also served on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Gangsei studied Urban Planning at New York University’s Wagner School and then attended the New York University School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Law Review. Following graduation, he clerked for Judge Lawrence W. Pierce of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then joined the law firm of Webster & Sheffield where he represented not-for-profit educational, social service and cultural institutions, and public entities, as well as financial and commercial institutional clients, in innovative transactional real estate and development projects.
He later moved his real estate practice to another firm which merged to become the New York City office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP where he served as a partner and remains Special Counsel. In his volunteer activities, Gangsei is a member and former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, where he spearheaded the Museum’s noteworthy expansion, making it New York City’s first green museum, a member of the Board of Directors of The Design Trust for Public Space and a member of the Leadership Council of the Support Center for Non-Profit Management.
Gangsei sees CUBE, as a door through which law students can become a part of the vast array of entrepreneurial activity happening in the not-for-profit, public, and commercial sectors in Brooklyn and beyond and become the kind of lawyers that will make new ventures a success.